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Here are 13 of the Biggest Temporary Los Angeles Restaurant Closures Due to Coronavirus

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The COVID-19 pandemic has many operators considering their options

Majordomo, David Chang’s industrial restaurant, teems with Los Angeles diners.
Majordomo in Los Angeles
Wonho Frank Lee

For restaurant operators around greater Los Angeles, there are few easy answers right now. Some have transitioned into delivery and takeout only following the statewide dine-in closure mandate set forth by California governor Gavin Newsom, while others have closed outright while awaiting the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still others are weighing, daily, the need to stay open to financially support the business and staff, against a need to keep themselves, and their employees, safe and healthy.

Here now are 13 of the biggest restaurant closures around Los Angeles, and the plans for each one moving forward — at least for now. Most, if not all, are temporary, but with the pandemic ongoing, it’s impossible to know what reopening looks like, or when.

Sqirl, Virgil Village

Beloved daytime spot Sqirl closes on Friday, April 3, but will remain open for online orders of pantry items like jam. Owner Jessica Koslow said plainly: “these are trying and stressful times.”

A worker in a tie dye shirt hands out food to a waiting car during coronavirus.
Sqirl owner Jessica Koslow handing out food
Wonho Frank Lee

Nate’n Al’s, Beverly Hills

Iconic 75-year-old Jewish deli Nate’n Al’s closed its doors on March 29, laying off all staff. The restaurant is set to lose its current lease shortly, and does not appear to have a solid future location to land in, let alone a reopening date.

Mozzaplex, Hollywood

Nancy Silverton closed her entire Mozza empire at Highland and Melrose on March 31, including the prodigious Mozza2Go that was pushing out dishes from all of her other restaurants. Silverton cited safety concerns for her decision to close.

Night + Market, West Hollywood/Silver Lake/Venice

Kris Yenbamroong is closing his Night + Market restaurants across the city on Saturday, April 4. “By all indications, 2-3 weeks from now will be the most high risk period of this pandemic,” he says, “during which time we should all just stay home.”

Konbi, Echo Park

One of LA’s hottest restaurants of 2019, Konbi, closed March 30. The small space made it impossible for staff to work while social distancing, says co-owner Akira Akuto, who plans to continue to pay his staff.

Konbi, a tiny Japanese sandwich restaurant, dim and small before service.
Konbi in Echo Park
Wonho Frank Lee

Taco Maria, Costa Mesa, Orange County

Acclaimed Orange County modern Mexican restaurant Taco Maria closed March 31 after attempting to shift to delivery and takeout. Chef Carlos Salgado says that he could not guarantee the safety of his own staff, and won’t reopen until it is safe to do so.

Majordomo, far Chinatown

Worldwide chef David Chang completely closed his Momofuku restaurants on March 14, which was early by Los Angeles standards. But with restaurants in New York City, Australia, and beyond, Chang had been quick to see potential safety issues, saying “we believe [closing] is in the best interest of the wellbeing of our teams, our community, and the world at large.”

Petit Trois/Trois Mec, Hollywood and Sherman Oaks

Chef Ludo Lefebvre closed his French food empire on March 21, saying “we’ll see you on the other side.”

Sushi Ginza Onodera, West Hollywood

Two Michelin-starred sushi temple Sushi Ginza Onodera closed its La Cienega doors on April 1.

Nightshade, Arts District

Chef Mei Lin pivoted to takeout food for as long as she could, but pushing fine dining food at a loss proved difficult for herself, her restaurant, and her staff. The restaurant closed on March 20.

A yellow awning for a pizza restaurant, though tables are stacked in front of the window to prevent ordering.
Rossoblu is closed, but sister restaurant Superfine remains open
Wonho Frank Lee

Rossoblu, Downtown

Owners Dina Samson and chef Steve Samson closed their restaurant in the Fashion District in early March, but are still cooking family-style meals for their own staff. Their sister restaurant, Superfine Pizza, remains open.

Kato, West LA

Jon Yao closed his tiny Taiwanese tasting menu restaurant Kato on March 15. Yao had recently been awarded a Michelin star, and had been doing luxury fine dining tasting menu dinners on Sunday nights at the strip mall restaurant, as he sought to grow into a three-star chef.

Howlin’ Ray’s, Chinatown

Owners Johnny Ray and Amanda Zone say they won’t reopen until they can manage their line and keep their staff safe, but with a tiny Far East Plaza space, that could be a challenge. The last time they tried delivery instead, they basically crashed Postmates.

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